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London Chief Buddhist Thero Child Abuse Cases Begins

By Colombo Telegraph –

The child abuse case against Chief Buddhist monk of Thames Buddhist temple Ven. Pahalagama Somaratana had started proceedings at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday.

The monk who was intially charged with one count of rape of a female under 16 and three counts of indecent assault during his tenure at Chiswick temple in1977 and 1978 .Subsequently on Friday, 11 November he was further charged with 8 counts of Indecent assault on a female under 14 between January 1, 1985 and December 31, 1986 at an address in Croydon,London Metropolitan police told Colombo Telegraph.

Court sources told the BBC, that the members for the jury were selected before the case began. Both cases will be proceeding together court sources told the BBC.

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